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November 26, 2007

Lighten up on anthem

Chiefs fans are “pompous...uneducated and disrespectful" (11/21, Letters) because some sing “home of the Chiefs” at the end of “The Star-Spangled Banner”?
Because this is so important to them, I wonder if letter writer Greg Graeff and columnist Yael Abouhalkah, who discussed this issue in his column, respect their country enough to have served in the military as I and others have?
I have a master of education degree, so my education is not lacking, and I say the Pledge of Allegiance to start each workday — do they?
“The Star-Spangled Banner” was originally a four verse, 311-word poem titled “Defense of Fort M’Henry” written in the War of 1812.
If Graeff and Abouhalkah have problems with this one-word substitution, then versions by Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye and Roseanne Barr must really agitate them! Lighten up a little.
Cecil Graham



Proves where just how ignorant and indoctrinated society is. I find it offensive as a veteran.
And please athletes, stop pointing to God after a good play, God does not endorse greed, money holdouts, bling fests, ho' chasin', or any of your less than humble behavior. Be like Steve Nash or Priest Holmes and STFU.


Roseanne Barr's rendition of the anthem was a hideous mockery. Hendrix's version was simply a sign of the times. Marvin Gaye gave the tune a soulful performance that was reverent and inspiring, just as the way Lou Rawls did it so many times. I've heard a few C&W versions also very good.

Its the words of the song, not the melody, that to me is the anthem.

"Home of the Chiefs".....kinda hokey

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